End Hate Speech and Discrimination at the University of Arizona
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Hello! My name is Emily and I am a second year International Student at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I love being a student here and one of the things that makes the UofA so great (as well as the Unites States!) is the diversity and inclusivity of all groups of people. A University, as well as most educational facilities, is a place to learn, grow, thrive, and socialize.
Unfortunately, some groups of people disagree with the idea of welcoming diversity and spreading positivity. Over the past few years, there have been many instances of certain individuals coming to campus and "preaching" extremely offensive, hateful, and discriminatory ideals. These groups who have been attacked include the LGBTQ+ community, our Muslim community, POC and especially women.
These instances have escalated immensely in the past month, and the slurs and scenes that these hateful individuals are causing are negatively affecting the student population on a widespread scale. Me and my fellow peers feel unwelcome, targeted, and extremely offended by what is happening on campus. Some examples of these incidents include calling women "whores" for wearing leggings/shorts to class, telling victims of sexual assault they deserved rape, screaming vile things at anyone who retaliates, saying Allah is "Satan" and that Muslims and homosexuals should "kill themselves".
I believe it is time for change. While the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, I believe that these hateful individuals are using it as a ruse and a defense to hide blatant racism, sexism, and frankly outdated ideals. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but the line is definitely being crossed, and I feel that my rights as an individual are being violated. While it is great to see people standing up to this negativity, it cannot continue to occur.
I fear that by allowing this extreme discrimination to continue on campus it is only making way for more, if not worse, hateful occurrences on our beautiful campus. I believe that what these people are doing is not lawful and cannot be allowed to go on any longer, and I am building a legal case to remove these people from a campus where they have no business, as well as advising U of A Admin to regulate and change policies on public disturbances.
I've never done anything like this before but the instances I have described are disturbing and frankly disgusting. PLEASE JOIN ME in ending this hate speech on our lovely campus by signing this petition which will be presented to Admin in an attempt to call for reform. Every signature and share helps! Fight for what you believe in and help me make campus a place of positivity again.
PLEASE SHARE THIS PETITION IF YOU CARE! THIS IS AN ISSUE OF HUMANITY AND FIGHTING ALL KINDS OF DISCRIMINATION.
Thank you for your support, it is much appreciated!
(P.S. If you have any photo/video evidence that would help me in my Legal battle please contact me!)
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